Okay, so I have been sitting on this subject for a while because I did not want to come across as a "hater" or offend anyone but their are so many postings on this forum about the repulsiveness of fakes that I finally decided to bring it up. I am not that frequent of a TPF poster and by no means an "EXPERT" on the authenticity of any particular brands bags, but is it just me or have other people on this forum spotted TPFERS posting pics of shady looking bags in their "collection" or their great new purchase and watched everyone else "ooh and ahh" and congratulate them when the bag is "suspicious" looking. I say "suspicious" looking because like I said, I am no expert, but there are a lot of people on this forum who claim to be and yet say nothing (at least not to my knowledge) when these bags are posted. Is that because it would just be rude? Do you suppose maybe they PM the person to inform them, or just prefer to not burst their bubble? Are there just not any fakes posted on here and I am crazy? I remember one specific instance when a TPFER posted pics of her two "BNWT" MJ'S she had bought off eBay for "great deals" and one of them (a mini stam) had all this plastic around the handles. To me that was an obvious indicator that the bag was a counterfeit, due to the impact a particular conversation I had with the handbag department supervisor at Saks SCP had on my brain a few years back. I was in the process of buying MY FIRST MJ bag, and when she brought it out from the back (adorable black quilted banana hobo) I asked why it didn't have any "protective wrapping" on the handles (I had only seen pics of the bag on eBay before that and all the supposedly *NEW AUTHENTIC* bags had that plastic!). She kind of smirked at my youthful ignorance and explained that *NO* MJ bags or most any high end designers for that matter apply that unsightly cellophane to the leather or hardware of their products for "protection" (if anything they use tissue wrapping), and that plastic cellophane on the handles was a counterfeit giveaway (mostly China manufactured) when scene on any "designer" bag. Now, is it possible that the Saks rep was just being a "know it all" and that some designers do use that wrapping? I don't know. Like I said, I am not an expert. But that is not the first indicator of "fakes" that I have seen posted on this forum that *weren't* in the "authenticate this blank* sections, just tfpers posting pics of their beloved bags that for all I know very much believe their bag is real. And it could be! I guess what i am wondering is, am I the only one who has been VERY SUSPICSIOUS some other TPFER'S bags on here, or am I just being cynical? And if that TFPers Stam was fake, how come everyone was congratulating her on her new bag rather than pointing out the truth? Surely I am not the only one who has been informed of the "plastic wrapping" giveaway? Any opinions on this matter would be very interesting to me, because I really am just curious, not trying to stir up any trouble!